Artist and writer Annie Farrer and cave diver John Cordingley have combined their unique skills to collaborate on the stunning book The Earth Beneath my Feet.
The concertina-style publication features intricate illustrations and poetic writing set within breath-taking descriptions of underwater exploration and images all based on and under the slopes of Ingleborough mountain.
It has been part-funded by Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of conservation and community projects in the Ingleborough area, led by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and mainly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Debbie Boswell from YDMT said: “The book is a thoroughly enjoyable and moving read that gives the reader an insight into how two local people connect personally with the mountain. The stunning detailed artwork and underground photography sensitively provides two unique contrasting views of how people enjoy and interpret this landscape.”
Annie has worked as a freelance artist, teacher and latterly a writer, in the UK and abroad, specialising in the meticulous detail of grasses and the overlooked in nature. Her inspiration over the last 15 years has come directly from the slopes of Ingleborough, beside which has been her home since the age of three.
John was the Diving Officer of the British Cave Rescue Council for 27 years, although he has been on many overseas expeditions his primary interest has always been caving exploration projects in the Dales. He is employed at the Ingleborough Show Cave.
Copies of the book can currently be purchased from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Office in Clapham, The Folly at Settle, and online through Annie’s website: www.anniefarrer.com
A donation from every book sale goes towards the Cave Rescue Organisation.